Here are some ways to spend your 67 minutes for Mandela Day

What are you doing for your 67 Minutes for Mandela Day? If you have not figured it out yet, here are some ideas:

• Spoil a rescue doggie (July 22)

Come to Pug Rescue, 80/1 Nielsen Road, Benoni North Agricultural Holdings, to spend 67 minutes spoiling a rescue, either at 9am, 11am or 1pm. Their wishlist includes tinned dog food (with gravy), wet wipes, automatic washing powder or a R67 donation. To book a time slot, email [email protected]

• Help the disabled (July 18)

Samukelo Esihle Community Project will be hosting a charity event for the community of Daveyton. The objective of the event is to educate the community about disabilities and to show appreciation to the community. Wheelchairs, blankets and other necessities for unprivileged disabled people around Daveyton will be donated. Guest speakers that will educate about disabilities and offer advice on how to care for the disabled. For more information, email [email protected]

• Donate books (until July 18)

West Pack Lifestyle will be donating 10 000 books to be shared among 10 local charities across the country. The charities will be vetted and chosen by Caxton’s community editors. On July 18, each charity will receive new books from West Pack Lifestyle and its partner, Butterfly Stationery. The public is encouraged to help celebrate Mandela’s legacy by contributing to this initiative and donating any books, new or previously loved. Should community members match or exceed West Pack Lifestyle’s 10 000 book donation, the retail group will spread the love and donate to more charities in need across South Africa. If you know a charity or school in need tell us about them. You can send a letter to our editor (www.benonicitytimes.co.za) or connect with the City Times and West Pack Lifestyle on Facebook to have your nomination heard. Book donations are to be dropped off at West Pack Lifestyle, in Great North Road, by no later than July 18.

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• Clean out your cupboards (July 18 to 22)

Spend 67 minutes cleaning out your cupboards and donate clothing, shoes, books, furniture, bric a brac, food, cakes, snacks or money at the Victorian Secret Bakery. The first 67 people to drop 67 items off get a free cappuccino. For more information, call Sue Matthews on 084 434 6107. You can also drop items off at Kids Haven in Cranbourne Avenue.

• Learn about taking care of children (July 18)

The departments of home affairs, education and Sassa will be the main speakers on the day. The speakers will be addressing challenges that some of the primary caregivers face as a result of taking care of orphaned and vulnerable children (as a result of HIV/Aids). The event will take place at the Bula Monyako offices, corner Cranbourne Avenue and Bunyan Street, at 10am.

General:

• The Santa Shoebox Project (ongoing)

The project collects and distributes gifts for underprivileged children throughout South Africa and Namibia. Santa Shoebox has 4 000 virtual shoeboxes for sale – the ideal solution for busy donors, those living overseas and for those who can’t take time off to mark Mandela Day, but still want to contribute to a rural child in need. Visit www.santashoebox.org.za to register as a supporter. Colourfully decorate a standard-sized shoebox or plastic container, with the lid wrapped separately and place into it a toothbrush and toothpaste, facecloth, soap, toy, clothing, school supplies and sweets. For more information, contact: Debbie Zelezniak on [email protected]

• Rise Against Hunger (July 18)

Carnival City calls on local businesses and concerned citizens to be part of the international food packing challenge with Rise Against Hunger on Mandela Day. The goal is to pack three million meals in one day for children in need, to commemorate the late former president’s birthday. Rise Against Hunger on Mandela Day is organised by Sun International in partnership with the Minister for Social Development, Susan Shabangu. Residents can volunteer to roll up their sleeves to pack food parcels for the needy. For more information visit www.rahafrica.org

• Seventh International Marimba and Steelpan Festival (July 28 and 29)

The theme for this year’s event is ‘to celebrate the life and times of the father of our democracy’. Curated by Education Africa in partnership with the St Dominic’s Catholic School for Girls in Boksburg, the two-day festival, which brings about 80 institutions from all over Southern Africa, who come together to compete as well as share their love for music. Featuring 250 performances composed of 2 000 young and old performers competing to be the best marimba/steelpan band. The festival is divided into two. One being the main and focal point of the festival which is a series of competitions taking place in the main venue and the other being a fringe programme comprising of over 90 workshops in different music disciplines. Times: 8am to 9pm on Saturday and 8am to 6pm on Sunday. For more information, visit www.internationalmarimbafestival.org or call 011685 7300.

• Bikers for Mandela Day (July 15)

Bikers for Mandela Day, in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, will this year rally in aid of “Keep a Girl Child in School”. The aim is to collect sanitary pads for three million girl learners. According to Zelda la Grange, the founder and former personal assistant to Madiba, as little as R180 can provide enough sanitary pads to keep one girl in school for an entire year. The Johannesburg rally will take place on Sunday from 8am at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Houghton. By 9.30am the bikers will depart to travel to the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Riders can register for either rally, free of charge, at www.nelsonmandela.org. Participants are asked to bring one pack of sanitary pads – or as many as they can afford or carry – for the ride. All the products donated will be distributed amongst underprivileged girls by bikers for Mandela Day project partner, Mimi Women – a proudly South African organisation that makes, sells and distributes sanitary pads.

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Sheina Razack

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